Vertical Coffin

Vertical Coffin

St. Martin's Press | January, 2004 | 400 Pages | ISBN: 978-0-312-30425-6

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Shane Scully stumbles into a full-scale barricade shootout between gunman Vincent Smiley and surrounding police. After one of two competing SWAT teams at the scene burns down the barricaded house with Smiley in it, a fight over who is to blame begins to smolder.

Several subsequent cop shootings (with all victims caught in the aforementioned vertical coffins) fan the SWAT team turf tussle into a conflagration that Shane and wife Alexa, the acting head of the LAPD Detective Services Group, are assigned to investigate. Shane, an old school detective, insists on starting from zero and looking into shooter Smiley's past. Everyone else wants him to forget the gumshoe routine and come up with an instant solution.

Vertical Coffin

St. Martin's Press | January, 2004 | 400 Pages | ISBN: 978-0-312-30425-6

Order:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Shane Scully stumbles into a full-scale barricade shootout between gunman Vincent Smiley and surrounding police. After one of two competing SWAT teams at the scene burns down the barricaded house with Smiley in it, a fight over who is to blame begins to smolder.

Several subsequent cop shootings (with all victims caught in the aforementioned vertical coffins) fan the SWAT team turf tussle into a conflagration that Shane and wife Alexa, the acting head of the LAPD Detective Services Group, are assigned to investigate. Shane, an old school detective, insists on starting from zero and looking into shooter Smiley's past. Everyone else wants him to forget the gumshoe routine and come up with an instant solution.

Vertical Coffin

"Action's been a reliable staple in the Scully series, but here Cannell gets the people right, too. The best yet for the Rockford man." 
Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will enjoy watching [Scully] puzzle out the twists and turns of the plot and watch breathlessly as he undertakes a climactic high-speed chase."
Publishers Weekly
“…Adept characterization, sharp dialogue, breakneck plotting, and great entertainment value.”
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